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December 2014 issue

Supermum Melani reaches for the stars

Melani Lavington with three of her nine daughters. Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

Graduates ready to paint their own future


SCU helps Jayde step into dream job

SCU graduate Jayde Stofmeel (centre) with colleagues at the Surfers Paradise Marriott.

Research aims to improve quality of farmed seafood


A Southern Cross University marine science student is hoping to utilise Japanese expertise in fisheries to improve the quality of Australian farmed seafood. Shiori Naka is completing a Master of Marine Science and Management with the University’s National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour and has recently returned from the island of Kyushu in Japan […]

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Collaborations recognised for improving community and student experiences

Winners and nominees (back row, L to R) Dr Grayson Cooke, Dr Pascal Scherrer, Mr Jason McDonald from Fred's Place, Mr Peter Wood from Arts Northern Rivers, Dr Jim Hearn, and (front row L to R) Ms Beth Mozolic-Staunton, Dr Wendy Boyd and Hilary Gallagher

Identifying alternatives to climbing Wollumbin (Mt Warning) in the Tweed; better student placements in the social work and welfare sectors on the Gold Coast; and hosting the internationally acclaimed Hundred Languages of Children Exhibition at the Lismore campus are three of the projects recognised at the Southern Cross University Excellence in Community Engagement Awards. The […]

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London calling: primary education graduate secures dream job

London bound ... Danielle Maher

As British schools struggle to find teachers to fill vacancies, Southern Cross University graduate Danielle Maher is heading there after Christmas to start work at a London primary school. Danielle is travelling under the Youth Mobility Scheme, which enables Australians aged under 31 years to live and work in Britain for up to two years. She […]

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Lifeguard health student on surf-rescue mission to Chile

Grace Hamilton on beach patrol.

Lifeguard Grace Hamilton is passionate about encouraging people to stay safe at the beach. Now the Southern Cross University clinical science student is heading to Chile to show locals how to be surf smart. Grace is the only Australian to be selected as an international humanitarian lifeguard for next month’s non-profit 2015 Chile Lifeguard Exchange […]

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PhD Corner: Antonia Canosa


The iconic cliffs of Positano provided a picture postcard playground for a young Antonia Canosa, who was raised in the famous Italian tourist town. Now, inspired by her upbringing, the Southern Cross University PhD student is researching how young people experience childhood in tourist towns. Ms Canosa is undertaking her study through the School of […]

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In Print: Tour Guiding Research – Insights, Issues and Implications


 By Betty Weiler and Rosemary Black Researchers have been studying issues surrounding tour guiding for years but never before has that research been collated into a go-to guide. That is until now. Southern Cross University’s Professor Betty Weiler, of the School of Hospitality and Tourism, has co-authored Tour Guiding Research – Insights, Issues and Implications, […]

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Postcard to home: Harpeet Kaur

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Harpreet Kaur came to Southern Cross University to improve her health qualifications. Now the 26-year-old nurse from Punjab in northern India has switched courses and from next year will start a business degree. In the meantime she is completing an English language program offered through SCU College. I started a Bachelor of Clinical Science majoring […]

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Meet the staff: Gregory Smith

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Name? Gregory P. Smith What is your job? A PhD candidate and sessional academic in the School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Coffs Harbour campus. I love teaching Australian politics and community development. There is something special about seeing a student realise that their voice does count. What is the best thing about […]

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